In many cases, before a person is issued a licence to operate in a particular industry or vocation, the Australian Government, or the relevant state or territory government, will require that that person possess certain vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, skill sets or competencies.
As a registered training organisation (RTO), you are required to comply at all times with relevant Commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulatory requirements relevant to your operations and scope of registration.
Prior to enrolment or the commencement of training and assessment, whichever comes first, the RTO must provide advice to the prospective learner about the training product appropriate to meeting the learner’s needs, taking into account the individual’s existing skills and competencies (Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, Clause 5.1).
RTOs must ensure that information, whether disseminated directly by the RTO or on its behalf, is both accurate and factual, and only advertises or markets that a training product it delivers will enable learners to obtain a licensed or regulated outcome where this has been confirmed by the industry regulator in the jurisdiction in which it is being advertised (Standards for RTOs 2015, Clause 4.1 (j)).
RTOs must not claim that a learner will be eligible for any licence or accreditation as a result of training and/or assessment done, unless the issuer of that licence or accreditation has confirmed this to be the case. Other requirements of an industry licensing regulator may include a minimum age requirement, medical check-ups, fees, or a timeframe for completing a licence application once AQF certification has been issued.
Some qualifications, skill sets or units of competency have additional licence application requirements. These requirements might apply nationally, or in a particular state or territory. Where licensing requirements differ from the requirements of the training package, RTOs must ensure that all aspects of the training package are met. Licensing requirements should be seen as additional to the training package requirements.